A Permanent Revolution in Whitehall: the Major Governments and the Civil Service
The Thatcher decade had been a traumatic one for the civil service. There were significant cuts in its size, with staff numbers falling by 20 per cent, and a determination by Thatcher to ‘deprivilege’ civil servants. The 1980s also witnessed the deterioration of pay in the civil service vis-à-vis the private sector, and a bitter, protracted strike in 1981. There was also the banning of trade-union membership at the government’s Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) at Cheltenham. Not surprisingly, morale in the civil service plummeted whilst Thatcher was Prime Minister.
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